“Kambi decision is ill advised” says FKE’s Mugo

By Judith Akolo

The Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) has joined the fray in the never ending battle over representation on the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) Board.

Executive Director Jacqueline Mugo has termed the decision by the Labour Cabinet Secretary Kazungu Kambi to remove her and the Cotu secretary General Francis Atwoli as members of the NSSF Board trustees, as ill advised and a move to intimidate the employers and the labor movement in the country.

On Friday and Labour Cabinet Secretary Kazungu Kambi removed the Federation of Kenya Employers representative Jacqueline Mugo and the Secretary General of the Central Organization of Trade Union from representing the employers and workers respectively as members of the NSSF Board of Trustees.

FKE now reads malice in the move and terms it an infringement on the part of the government in ensuring the tripartite representation of the workers and employers on the Board of the NSSF.

Mugo says the move by Kambi as ill advised, misplaced and misguided and a sure recipe for creating disharmony within he labour movement in the country “I need to be told on what premise the Labour Minister was acting, as far as I know, the current members of the NSSF board of trustees are hardly six months into the first term,” said Mugo.

Mugo who spoke at the FKE offices appealed to the Attorney General Githu Muigai to step in and advise the Ministry of Labour and the Labour Cabinet Secretary on the proper interpretation of the new NSSF Act.

She said the Cabinet Secretary is already suffocating the spirit of the new Act by taking unilateral decisions that are detrimental and unfavorable to the implementation of the Act.

She questioned the veracity of the advice given to the Cabinet Secretary.

The scathing attack comes a day after the Cabinet Secretary’s decision and just a day before a planned meeting of all secretaries general of unions affiliated to the Central Organization of Trade Unions – COTU slated for Sunday, at Solidarity Building.

The meeting intends to take a decision on whether or not COTU affiliate unions will continue as contributors to the NSSF.